A black-and-white photographic postcard of an elderly man gathering possessions after the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois. The man is depicted in the center of the image, outside of what appears to be a residential structure, amid a scattering of furniture, clothing, and other domestic objects. The man holds a small drawer of possessions in his proper left hand, against his proper left hip. In front of him is what appears to be dresser drawers stacked in the grass and full of tangled pieces of clothing and an upturned chair. Behind him, a small table piled with more random belongings and a chair sit in front of a tree. To the right side of the image, closer to the street, is a larger table with cookware and other items on it. In front of the table, standing in the street, are two white men, both looking towards the camera. The men are dressed in dark pants, jackets, and hats. The scene is in front of a single story dwelling with wooden siding, an open doorway, and two shutter-less windows. Written in white at the bottom of the image is [Old negro saving few articles after mob violence, many were destitute and homeless]. There is a small, round loss in the left side of the photograph, top center.
The postcard is unused and has a divided back with a space marked as [CORRESPONDENCE HERE] and a space marked as [NAME AND ADDRESS HERE]. The postcard is printed on AZO paper, with an AZO stamp mark in the upper right corner of the back. A handwritten inscription in graphite along the top of the back reads [Old Negro saving few articles after mob violence most went destitute and homeless. (SPRINGFIELD RACE RIOT ILL.)].
A black-and-white photograph of men seated and standing in front of a doorway. They wear coats, many wear ties, and several hold bowler and top-hats. At the bottom right of the photograph is the address, "11th and Pa. Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C." Below the photograph is written "Republican Notification Comittee / Washington, D.C., / Monday, June 20th 1892." Frederick Douglass stands at the back, just left of the doorway.
A black and white photograph of the Oberlin Academy Preparatory School Class of 1892. There are three (3) rows of students. The first row is one (1) girl in a white dress. Her hair is pulled back and she has curls in the front. She appears to be kneeling on the ground.
The middle row contains four (4) girls in white dresses. They are sitting down. The girl on the far proper right side has her hair pulled back with curls in the front. The girl to her left has curly hair which is also pulled back. The two girls to her left do not have curls, but their hair is pulled back with a bow.
The back row contains six (6) students. Three girls in white dresses and three boys in black suits. The boy in the middle is also wearing a black tie. There are two (2) girls on the proper right side. They have their hair pulled back with curls in the front. Eva Dyson is the female student on the proper left side. Her hair is pulled back as well. The boy to her right is wearing glasses.
The photo was taken in an interior setting. A rug, a chair, and some plants can be seen. All of the students are holding what appears to be a diploma in their hands. The photograph is mounted on a black board. The board appears to be marbled because of age and some of the corners are torn.
The image appears to have yellowed with age.
There are some spots on the back of the board. There is also a diagonal white label on the proper left side of the board. It reads [1892 Graduation/10.- DC] in pencil.
A black and white team photograph of baseball players from Chase County High School in Kansas. There are three (3) rows of boys. The two (2) boys in the front row center are sitting cross-legged and the two (2) boys on the sides are lying on their sides, with their legs facing out. They have their outer arms resting on their legs and their inner arms are on the floor, propping them up. The front row contains the only African American player. He is second from the proper left side and is holding a baseball in his hands. The other sitting player to his right has a catcher's mask in front of him. There are two baseballs in the shape of an "X" on the ground in front of them.
The middle row contains five (5) players kneeling on the ground. The player on the far proper right has his hands on his hips, the player in the middle has his hands in front of him, and the player on the far proper left has his arms on his side.
The back row contains four (4) people standing. The boy second from the proper right side is also a player on the team. The other three (3) boys are wearing suits. They are wearing neck ties, except for the boy on the proper right side, who is wearing a bow tie. They are standing in front of a backdrop. The backdrop, which has an unidentifiable image on it, is placed in front of a paneled wall. The boy second from the proper left is Oliver Howard Horner.
All of the players are wearing the same uniforms. The button down shirts have collars and have sleeves that end around the elbows. The shirts have letters across the chest. A "C." on the proper right side, a "C." in the center, and a "H.S." on the proper left side. The boys are wearing quilted pants with belts and black and white striped baseball socks. Several of the players are also wearing their baseball gloves. Many of the players are wearing white long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.
The photograph is dry mounted on a black board. The bottom proper right corner of the board is missing. There are several areas where the black part of the board has peeled off. The back of the board is grey. There are no markings on the back. In several areas on the sides and corners the grey has peel off a bit.
A cabinet card with a black-and-white print of an unidentified man drinking from a jug while sitting in a wagon. The Conestoga wagon is missing its canvas cover so that the man is fully visible seated in the bed between the exposed ribs. His feet are propped up on the proper right front wheel and he holds a large ceramic jug up to his lips to drink. The wagon is drawn by two oxen that are significantly different in size. The wagon is parked in a dirt street with several store fronts visible along a brick sidewalk in the background. A group of white men in suits stand in front of the nearest storefront to the wagon in the right background. The title "White Man's Bar" is printed in white in the lower right corner of the image, inferring that the African American man in the wagon is drinking alcohol in the street because he is not allowed into the whites only bar. The series title and photographer name are printed in dark blue ink on the bottom and sides of the mount. A descriptive narrative about the series, "The Land of the Sky," is printed in black ink on the back of the tan card mount.
Black and white photograph of the lynching of Allen Brooks in Dallas, Texas on March 3, 1910. The image is taken from an elevated perspective. A large crowd of people are visible in the foreground and the hanged body of Brooks is visible just above the crowd in the background. On the back of the photograph is a stamp from the Dallas Public Library.